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Ginkgo Biloba for Your Brain and Memory

Ginkgo biloba - or the maidenhair tree - is a large, ancient tree that natively grows in China and other Asian countries. It is also found in parts of Europe and the United States.

The distinctive, hand fan-shaped leaves of ginkgo biloba are widely used in traditional medicine around the world. It is sold and consumed as fresh leaves, powder, and extract (in dietary supplements).


Ginkgo biloba leaf is used for many health conditions. The following are some of its claimed benefits:

  • Improves blood flow to the brain and throughout the body.
  • Improves memory and cognitive function.
  • Enhances mood and combats depression.
  • May help prevent or treat dementia and Alzheimer's disease.
  • Supports heart health.
  • Improves sexual function and libido.
  • Relieves vertigo and dizziness.

And the list goes on...

How Effective is it?

Ginkgo biloba is mildly effective. Results vary for each individual, and while some users may not notice any change, thousands of consumers have praised and recommended ginkgo.

It seems to be mostly effective for enhancing brain health. It has been clinically proven to enhance memory and cognition, and reduce cognitive decline.

What is the Typical Dosage?

Ginkgo supplements contain various dosages of the leaf extract depending on its intended use. For general brain and memory enhancement, the recommended daily dosage is between 120mg and 240mg of the 50:1 leaf extract, which is normally used in dietary supplements. Taking it with a meal is advised.

What are the Side Effects?

Ginkgo biloba leaf extract is generally safe when used moderately. It normally has no side effects. However, in rare occasions some users may experience some side effects, such as headache, stomach upset, palpitation, and/or constipation.